Thursday, May 29, 2008

My Nerdiest Rant Ever About the Stupid Spaceport

Here is a little something that I posted to my class bulletin board today. We had to pick a recent event and discuss it's environmental and business environment impact.

I am posting this for any of you who stash stuff like this to use as reference for future papers etc. I am attending grad school at Embry Riddle with one sided thinkers, who tend to 'believe' that the space/aerospace are the keys to our future. I see where they are coming from but get extremely frustrated when they fail to see the immediate impact, both financially and environmentally. I suppose you could say I am the eff'n hippy of the group. I'm not ready to hug a tree or vow myself away from meat (could never do so), but I DO want people to see that for every action, there is a cost- The United States deficit can only absorb SO much here guys.... lol Enjoy my nerdiness!

For background information you can click on this Washington post link.

I am writing about the New Mexico Space Port set to open in 2010. It is for 'space tourism'. Not many people seem to know about the Space Port, so I find the topic perfectly fitting.

"We're in the very early stage of creating a new kind of air transport system," said Steven Landeene, executive director of the New Mexico spaceport. "Space tourism is the first phase, along with the commercial launching of satellites and spacecraft that can carry cargo and even astronauts to the international space station and maybe later the moon. But it's possible to begin thinking about a point-to-point network where passengers can rocket from one place to another at speeds much faster than today."

The space port will be a place for average joe's to travel to space, at a cost of course! The newspapers report modestly about the cost to the poor farming taxpayers in the immediate towns and also fail to mention the ever rising State taxes that have absorbed the cost of building this $200 million dollar venture. They also fail to mention that the port has extended the timeline, once again for the environmental impact statement.

I am a resident of New Mexico, and understand the excitement of bringing such a project to a little town with virtually nothing in it. I am extremely conflicted to say the least. I have watched for the past couple of years as congressmen, and mayors alike pulled for the Space Port's approval, while my seven year old little girl attends a public school system (New Mexico as a whole) that ranked 43 in the nation last year... am I missing something?

See following link for 2006-2007 'smartest state' rankings.

The environmental impact on business is hard to come by. The government claims that surrounding businesses will get a huge boost from the Space Port, but last time I checked; people willing to pay $35 million for one flight won't be staying in a Motel 8, or eating at The Cracker Barrell. Those people probably don't even know the joy of roasted green chili! Ha! The government continues to spend our hard earned dollars on convincing us that the Space Port is good for our environment and culture. They compare the Space Port to the pioneers that built the town with their own hands, I find it insulting.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Got some shoots scheduled....

Got some shoots scheduled finally! This weekend brings me Josh n' Laney, along with Bella and Marie. Should be good! I'll post pics as soon as I have some. In the meantime Cierra and I are CRAZY busy! She's got another interview with a casting agency and should be starting swim lessons soon. I've just got homework like crazy, trying to get more photo shoots in as well. Anyhoo, that's that!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Yummy Yummy Nachos

I like to use left overs to the max. Here I used left-over steak. I sliced it in small chunks and added a pack of beef fajita seasoning (only adding about 1/4 c MORE water than it calls for). I simmered it for thirty minutes, keeping the lid on untill the meat is so tender it melts in your mouth. I layered the steak, homeade pinto beans (much tastier and totally cheaper than the canned version) and tortilla chips with cheese and baked for five minutes at 375, untill the cheese is all melty. It is a cookie tray full of them, so is a good crowd pleaser and Cierra's favorite. mmmmm

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Schooool's Ooouuuttt Foor the Summer!

Schools out for the summer peeps. Cierra did a good job this year and she's moving on up to 2nd grade next year. GEEZE! No fancy graduation or anything, so no pictures here...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fun Weekend at Rumblers Car Show

snowcone funnessss

A certain girly girl- wanted pictures next to every PINK car there was.....

The mustang shot...

I got the NEWS today...

I won my unemployment hearing. Take THAT Dillards!!!!

Schmegma Headshots

My new favorite picture of all time. lol

Cierra is getting quite good at taking pictures as well! :o)

So, Cierra had an interview with a 'print ads' agency (which i am totally leary of, but that is a whole other story). I had to take headshots of her, these are them- They turned out FABULOUS! Got a job out of it doing headshot for a model that runs the front desk. he he

Friday, May 16, 2008

Wish me luck...

My unemployment hearing is today- wish me luck! Dillards needs to know it is NOT okay to treat employees the way they do.... hopefully my fabulous lawyer Paul Melendes will proove this point. I am pretty sure they are not expecting it. Ha! THAT's how I roll... wink wink

Recent Pics: In the Park

Some of you have already seen these ones. Hang with me- I'll get some new ones up after this weekend. I may be doin a photo shoot with Dave- I always get fun ones during those- we shall see. Anyway, These are some spring pics I took of Cierra shortly after she got her loooong hair cut~! Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day Pictures

Mother's Day for me started out at 7:30 this morning, when Cierra woke me up to give me my presents... I got this uber cute card that she made for me at school:
Front: Inside:
Then she ran downstairs to pull this baby out of hiding: It is a huge tissue paper flower to 'wear in my hair'. ;o)
And, she made me this cute cuff with more rhinestones then you can see on this picture!!! She got like three jewelry making sets this Christmas, this is something from one of them!
After we finally got up and going, we stopped by Keva Juice for a Bannanarama smoothy (Cierra) and a Strawberry Squeezer fer' me. yummm. We were bein dorks in the car as you will soon see:

Then we went to a great little place on San Matei called Art Attack to paint some ceramics:

After we were done there, we went back to the apartment to meet up with Manny, who took us to dinner. We went to O'neil's and sat on the patio right next to the fountain. It was a little bit windy... but I just love it outside. (sigh) :o)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Things that make us smile: Cierra Hair Mishap

These pictures are a few months old, but it still makes me giggle. She was washing her own hair, and decided to curl her wet hair with a comb. We all know, like roll-brushes, this never works well. She thought it was the end of the world... Mom to the rescue.. with the DULLEST kitchen scissors in the world.
Thirty minutes later... still going....
At this point she's tired of standing there. Deal with it honey... it'll be worth it.
AND... drumroll please.... we got it out!